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Il Lombardia 2017 - Results
By Mark Sharon
Date: 10/8/2017
Il Lombardia 2017 - Results
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October 8, 2017

111th Il Lombardia (1.UWT) 247km

Como experiences Shark Attack - Nibali wins 11th edition of the race of the Falling Leaves

Vicenzi Nibali added a second Il Lombardia to his palmares which hit 50 wins as a professional. The Italian took a solo victory covering the 247km at an average speed of 39.469km/h, to finsih in 5h15'19", 28 seconds ahead of Julian Alaphillipe (Quickstep-Floors) with Sky's Gianni Moscon leading home a grpoup of five chasers ten seconds back.

Nibali celebrates win in Como

Nibali celebrates in Como ©

Nibali who secured victory with an attack on the final climb of the Civiglio desfcibed his feelings: “I was in a better condition today than I was two years ago; I knew the downhill better. I had more confidence too. A win in a Monument has a higher value than a stage in a Grand Tour, as I got this year at the Giro with the Stelvio and at Andorra in the Vuelta. The most difficult thing for me was to maintain my condition after the Vuelta Il Lombardia kept me focused.

“The first one was harder to win because there was the fear that I hadn’t won a Monument yet. Today everyone was controlling me, Quintana and Uran in particular, so I had to redistribute the cards. When Pinot attacked, I let him go and I went after him 1km before the summit. Then I thought of nothing. I just went straight on and flat out. When I turned pro, [sport director Stefano] Zanatta told me I had downhill skills that I could use either for attacking or defending. It’s still the case now. I’m 32, not 33 yet, but I feel young and strong.”

Runner-up Julian Alaphilippe said: It’s incredible. I didn’t expect to finish on the podium today. I had a strange feeling after the World Championships, but I kept focused and my team did a really good job. I did my best but I couldn’t follow Nibali when he attacked. I’m not disappointed, it’s already something special to finish on the podium of a Monument. My thoughts also go to my team-mate who crashed during the race while he was at the front. I heard he’s OK, I strongly hope so. I want to thank my team for their work in my favour today, and I will return to the Italian monuments with the aim of doing even better than third in Milan-Sanremo and second at Il Lombardia.”

Laurens de Plus Crash

The race was almost marred by tragedy when Laurens de Plus took a corner badly, hit the crsh barrier and somersualted into a ravine. Fortunately his injuries were not serious.

Video oof Laurens de Plus crash

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